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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 17, November 29-30, 1850

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Identifier: DX09757742

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 17, November 29-30, 1850

Description: Comments on William Barth and mentions receiving a letter from Mary Bilton.


fills a glass which [William] Barth presents to the barber, requesting himto dispose of the same. Barber objects, Barth rattles his big dragoon sword, and the potation disappears. On trying a similar dose, he discovers he has forced the unhappy taisorial titurator to bolt a quantity of castor oil. A mistake of the words anisette and assieti had caused all! / Tells of battles, of hardships, of murders, of hog killing, and artillery discipline also did he favour us with, garnished with unlimited cursings. Little is he changed, vain and sensual as ever. I had fancied him better as we are want to do of the absent. He and [Alfred] Waud walked to Park Place with me that evening, and at nine I returned to them and [177] Canal Street; — more talk and brandy and water &c till 12 or later, when Barth retired to share part of Wauds’ bed. The morning following he went to Governors Island where his “bully regiment” the 4th are quartered.

30. Saturday. Work on the perspective still. Great to-do, framing the other drawings. Mr [Charles F.] Anderson off to Washington. On going to dinner found a letter from M [Mary Bilton]. Bye the bye sent one to home last Tuesday. Much could I write of M’s letter were not head weary and heart full. Work at night still. Waud called, and after a scamper down Broadway with the boy [Fred] Andersons, we went to Reade Street and had a welsh rabbit and a glass of ale, looked over Punch, talked about the pope’s impudence in parrelling out England into bishopricks &c, and then returned to Canal and Charley [Brown].


[note written across page:]

Rather a harsh summing up of mine old school fellow. I looked more at the objectionable than redeeming qualities. So think I now. May 1851.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-11-29

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Architecture
Bars (Drinking establishments)
19th century
Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)
Mexican War, 1846-1848
Armed Forces


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